Monday, April 26, 2010

My Totally Rad 80s Birthday Party

"Girls-they wanna have fun. Oh, girls just wanna have fun." 
(I bet you can't read that without hearing Cyndi Lauper!)

I know I've been promising you guys the story on my tight 80s Birthday Party. My favorite sister-in-law Susannah planned the entire thing and my good friend L hosted.

If you stopped by yesterday, I showed you how I styled a completely hip 80s outfit. I thought I'd show you how SuSu put together my totally tubular party, as 80s parties are becoming more commonplace. 

It really would be a fun idea for a girls' night or even a couples' date night, if your husband can be convinced to leave the house looking like Rod Stewart has a good sense of humor. Grab your favorite 80s tunes, some snacks, and a rad costume--and you're set!

It was getting dark when the party started, so some of the pics might be a bit blurry.

We had 80s themed candy, "Mix Tapes," and Gift Basket Giveaways!
80s Theme Birthday Party Ideas, from Serenity Now blog

SuSu Googled "80s candy" and came armed with Razzles, Pop Rocks, Pixie Sticks, and Candy Cigarettes. (I have promised my friends that when I babysit, misbehaving children will be fed 3 Pixie Sticks before their mother arrives to pick them up.) We played a trivia game and the winner took home a basket with Sixteen Candles and some 80s candy. The costume contest winner received a basket with Ferris Bueller and more 80s deliciousness.

Here I am in all my glory (Wish the blue eyeshadow showed up! Check out my neon pink nails.):

I wish you could see my giant pink star earrings and my leg warmers paired with hot pink pumps, but I have banned all photos of myself. It's my birthday, I can do that.

We had some bitchin' costumes. My friends are such good sports! I had an absolute blast dressing up because I spent the 80s in diapers or smocked dresses that my mom made me wear while I watched My Little Ponies and The Smurfs.

There were some Madonnas-Cyndi Laupers-teenie bopper chicks (Kelly, SuSu, Christy):

Love the prom look, the one in the middle is supposed to be the "wall flower," but she painted a hicky onto her neck! (L, Emily, April)

The bad girls and rocker chicks (Meri, Kandis-yes she is preggers!, Erin)

Preps and "Let's Get Physical" Girls (Amy, Mandy, Tracy, Jennifer)

And the winner of the costume contest?
My friend Kelley rocked the Mrs. Keaton/Family Ties look. That's a one piece jumper with shoulder pads, y'all. She must really love me because that thing looked so uncomfortable!

We played a trivia game, had some drinks, lots of girl talk, and lots of pictures! Everyone brought a dish to share and we had a range of everything from pepperoni pizza and potato skins (80s staples) to Tracy's famous bruschetta.

And let's not forget the cake, Pac Man!
80s Theme Birthday Party Ideas, from Serenity Now blog

Not only was it adorable, it was chocolatey and delicious. My friend Amy made it!

I think this was my favorite birthday party ever, and that includes the year my mom let me do the "must-have" Pizza Hut party with the jukebox and we thought we saw Donnie from New Kids on the Block! Thank you, SuSu and L! I should let you all know that SuSu is considering becoming a party planner, but she only does 80s parties. {wink}

Now this post is way too long, so I'll tell you about my birthday loot another day....

Linking to DIY Day

Okay, gotta jet! (Yo, man, let's get outta here. Word to your mother.")

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  1. Looks like fun! I never wore leg warmers, but I might still have one of those one-piece jumpsuits (with shoulder pads) in my closet.

    But oh, you make me feel so old! In the 80s I was already out of school and working!

    I'm glad you had a great party. And thanks for the reminder about the word "tubular" ... I'd forgotten that one. :)

  2. I LOVE it! You all look amazing, I wish I was there! Everyone did a fantastic job with their outfits! That pantsuit was awesome and a little uncomfortable looking! I was a huge pac man fan so that cake rocks!

    Like, Happy BIrthday, you looked totally tubular!

  3. Wow! That is like, the coolest thing I've ever seen! I so totally wish I could've partied with y'all. Looks like you and your BFF's had a rad time!

    I'm such a dork! Looks like y'all had a great time. I would love to see your head to toe pic. That poor woman in the jumpsuit - God love her - I know that must've been uncomfortable! I feel so old. I graduated in '89. I, soooo love the 80's. I think I'll go watch 16 Candles. Glad you had a good time!

  4. Oh my gosh! I laughed so hard when I saw Mrs. Keaton!

    A friend of mine just showed me a pic of himself at an 80's party - but he thought he would be funny and dressed as the 1880. I told him only a guy would think that was funny :(

  5. WHAT?? I won!!!! I cannot believe it!!!! I am having trouble finding your email. Mine is

  6. Wow, what a great party! They pulled out all the stops. Glad you had a fabulous birthday!

  7. oh, Rod Stewart-love Rod Stewart...i'm feeling a bit old too-graduated high school and college in the 80's-I had a jump suit like that but it was sleeveless and I thought I was smokin' when I wore it out :) I think I wore if for New Year's Eve-too funny! glad you had a good time-looks like a great party!!

  8. Looks like you had a blast :-)

  9. That looks like so much fun! I spent most of the 80's watching My Little Ponies too:) I love all the costumes, and that cake is adorable!

  10. What a party! You girls rocked the 80's:)

  11. What a great party! And the outfits were awesome. Everyone really fit the part. Scrunchies even!! HA! And a long did she spend in the bathroom? LOL!
    Loved the cake

  12. You are so rad!

    Okay, gotta ask- how in the world does one use the ladies room in a one piece pantsuit?!

  13. Like, omigod, your party looks like, so rad, I am, like, so totally, like jealous, right now.
    It's looks like loads of fun and, um, wait, you were in diapers in the 8o's? Way to make me feel old. Thanks.

  14. Oh, man, I love the '80s! Like, totally. So this looks like a blast to me. What creative friends you have to come up with this. That cake cracked me up, too. Glad you had such a great birthday, Amanda!

  15. Like this is totally awesome! Like totally! :) I love your costume! And all of your friends totally rocked it. I love the one piece jumper outfit. hahaha! What WERE people thinking back then???? You were in diapers in the 80s??? Wow! I actually remember wearing most of this stuff. :D I'm so glad you enjoyed your birthday.

  16. it was good fun!! everyone looked authentically and horribly 80's. why did we like this stuff in the first place?!?!?! happy bday!

  17. That looks like one killer bday. You all look amazing in your 80s gear. DYING over the jumpsuit!

  18. Woohoo! Thanks Amanda for the mag! I love winning!! I'm a winner! hahaha

    Your 80's party looked like a blast! I love all the little details like the 80's candy and oh....the costumes! Perfect! Glad you had a fun birthday!

  19. Looks like your party was SO fun!! I would love to have an 80s party! I remember wearing fluorescent pink legwarmers and net bows in my hair, huge, long shirts with tuxedo tails and all that fun stuff! I loved it! Glad you had a great time! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  20. Looks like your party was SO fun!! I would love to have an 80s party! I remember wearing fluorescent pink legwarmers and net bows in my hair, huge, long shirts with tuxedo tails and all that fun stuff! I loved it! Glad you had a great time! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  21. How fun! That looked like an awesome party. By the way, Happy Birthday. I meant to stop by and tell ya, but got distracted or something. Hope it was grand!

  22. Susannah did such a great job! I love the mix tapes. I'm so glad you had a great birthday - I wish I could have been there!

  23. What a great party! You all did it up right! Glad it was such a good time!

    congrats to the winners!


  24. That was ONE HAPPENING party, girl!! How the pics!


  25. It really was one of the best times I've had since moving here. Thanks so much for including me! The candy was so fun. Thanks for not posting the picture of me with the candy cig. :) I love my 80's cd. Thanks Susannah!

  26. Oh my goodness! What a fun party!!! I love it. I loved seeing all of the outfits. That jumpsuit is awesome! And that cake -- wow! You looked great!

    Happy Birthday sweet blogging friend. I think you are just wonderful!


  27. Great post! I love reading all about your totally rad 80's party!! SuSu went all out on this.

  28. It look, like, totally rad.

    But did anybody ever really say "tubular"?

    I got married in the mid-80's. . . maybe I was too busy being a bride to keep up with all the lingo. Makes me feel so young to think that you would have been just the right age to be flower girl at my wedding. Oh, boy.

    Love ya!

  29. So much fun! I love any excuse to throw together a costume. :) Thanks for taking time to comment on my vignette post! :)

  30. That looked like so much fun. What a great idea.

    I love Sirius Radio's 80's on 8. LOL. I would have showed up wearing a Michael Jackson glittter glove. LOL. SWEET.

    Great pics!

  31. Oh my, this looks like the greatest party! I just love all of the rad outfits - great party idea.


  32. Thank you so much for posting this. I am hosting my own 40th bday party next month in sunny Portugal and you have given me some awesome ideas like the prize for the best outfit (which, btw, your friend totally deserved!!).


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